The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CXX

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

But I, the thrice-imprisoned, try to troll
Strains of the song of night, which fill with dole
       My blindness, my confinement, and my flesh—
The sordid habitation of my soul.

The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala (James T. White & Co., 1920) by Abū al-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī. Translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani. Copyright © 1920 by Ameen Rihani. This poem is in the public domain.